Home Control and Automation

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Home Control and Automation

Turn Your Home into a Smart Home

You are surrounded by amazing advancements in technologies and services that have revolutionized interaction with family, friends, business and entertainment. But what about the interaction with one of the largest investments you have: your home? What if you could turn on the lights, close the garage door, and lock the front door all from the master bedroom, the office downtown or while travelling in another country. The technology to do this is available today and it's more affordable and easier to install than you think.

Choosing the Right Path
There are many different technologies to choose from when it comes to controlling your home but they fall under two main categories:

Hardwired
Hardwired solutions require specialized companies to rewire your home using low voltage wiring and a small team of installers and programmers. Prices can easily reach hundreds of thousands of dollars. While we have nothing against these solutions, it is our stand that a smart home shouldn't be beyond the reach of the general public, not just reserved for the elite.

Wireless
Wireless solutions can easily be added to your home and communicate using either RF (radio frequency) or over your existing power lines (the electrical wiring in the home). There are a number of different wireless technologies to choose from. Just like hardwired solutions, some require specialized companies for installation (such as Control4, RadioRA). Prices for these types of systems can easily become out of reach for the average home. Because of this, we'll be focusing only on the wireless technologies that can be purchased and installed by the average do-it-yourselfer. These solutions start for less than $100.

Wireless Technologies
We offer the most popular DIY home control technologies on the market: INSTEON, X10, UPB and Z-wave. Each technology has something to offer, whether in product design, cost or features.

INSTEON
INSTEON
X10
X10
UPB
UPB
Z-Wave
Z-Wave

Here's a quick overview of each wireless home control technology:

 
INSTEON
UPB
X10
Z-wave
Starting Retail Price $30 $75 $10 $35
Overall Reliability Best Good Ok Good
Every Product Installed Makes Network Better Yes No No No
Physical Media RF & Powerline Powerline Powerline RF
All Nodes Repeat? (True-mesh)
Each device in the network participates in the signal reaching its destination.
Yes No No No
Simple, Router Free Installation Yes No Yes No
Maximum Unique Products Controlled Per Network 16,777,216 255 256 256

 

Best Selling Kits
Check out the best selling starter kit under each wireless technology.

INSTEONSmartLinc - INSTEON Wire-In Starter Kit

  • Two dimmers switches and one on/off switch for a non-dimmable light or appliance
  • SmartLinc Central Controller allows web-enabled devices to remotely control INSTEON modules
  • Program timers based on sunrise and sunset and day of week
  • Fully expandable

INSTEON Kit Expansion Options

INSTEON Wall Switches
Wall Switches
Climate Control
Climate Control
Lamp/Appliance Modules
Plug-In Modules
Outlets and Other Hardwired Devices
Outlets and Other Hardwired Devices


X10X10 RC6500 16-Device X10 Base Unit with Keychain Remote for 2 Devices

  • Simple one-device starter kit expands to control up to eight devices
  • Plug-in receiver has bottom outlet to control one lamp or appliance
  • Add lamp modules or wall switches

Expand X10 System with These Accessories:

X10 Wall Switches
Wall Switches
X10 Climate Control
Climate Control
X10 Plug-in Modules
Plug-in Modules
 


X10UPB Advanced Starter Kit - Breaker Panel

  • Starter kit includes multiple switches along with a phase coupler and a computer interface for automation control
  • Devices use UPB technology for exceptional reliability

UPB Kit Expansion Options

UPB Wall Switches
Wall Switches
UPB Climate Control
Climate Control
UPB Lamp/Appliance Modules
Plug-In Modules
 


X10Cooper Wiring Devices RFMK1SG Aspire RF Media Kit withTabletop Controller

  • Easy installation with simple and intuitive programming
  • Ideal retrofit solution - no new wiring is needed
  • Expandable and scalable system

Z-Wave Kit Expansion Options

Z-Wave Wall Switches
Wall Switches
Z-Wave Climate Control
Climate Control
Z-Wave Lamp/Appliance Modules
Plug-In Modules
Z-Wave Access Control
Access Control


 

 





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